Monday, April 18, 2016

Business Cards Are Better Looking Than They Used to Be

This business card design is brilliant and ever so adaptable for a handmade card.

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Here are my two adaptations, which play around with color. Other than the fact that the word "blessings" is a bit hard to make out on the first card, my versions aren't too bad!

Because there were a few white patches where the uneven edges of the watercolor stripe stamp from Watercolor Wonder (Papertrey) didn't overlap, I added some blotches to hide them. The effect works well, I think, in real life, but the photographs may not quite do them justice.

The sentiment (from Scripted by Papertrey) was heat-embossed in clear on white scraps and then overstamped with the watercolor stripe. A tissue took off the ink that pooled onto the embossing. The inks are all water-based Memento or Hero Arts.

This card design takes advantage of the contrast between the colorful, loose, angled style of the stamped portion and the crisp, clean straight white mat and card base. The bright colors and angled lines create energy and a very strong focal point.

If you're looking for a fun new source of inspiration, there are oodles of cool business card designs on Pinterest. It's a great way to use up scraps, too!

stamps: Papertrey Scripted, Watercolor Wonder
ink: Memento and Hero Arts, clear embossing ink
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun


  1. Very clever, they look wonderful.

  2. My business card was never that artsy! Your interpretation makes a beautiful greeting card.

  3. Your cards are gorgeous!!! Love them! Both color combos are just beautiful :-)

  4. I marvel at the way you find inspiration in everyday things and create cards that are not copies but have a clear reference to the original.

  5. Your card inspired me and your suggestion to look at the pinterest board -- all I can say is WOW. I would never have thought to look there but oh, my gosh, there are some gorgeous cards there just itching to be CASED. Thanks for the suggestion.


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